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Community Calendar 4-14-21

• Six Mile Farmers Market set to open season on April 22

Officials announced recently that the Six Mile Farmers Market will kick off its season this month. The first day of the market season will be Thursday, April 22, from 4-7 p.m.

The market is located at 102 S. Main St., in the old fire station downtown, which is also the home of Red, White & Brew. Coffee Co.

• Rummage sale set Dacusville UMC

A huge rummage sale is planned at Dacusville United Methodist Church, located at 1339 Thomas Mill Road in Easley, on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

There will be a hot dog sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a bake sale, and the event will be held rain or shine.
Masks and social distancing are recommended.

Easley names new police chief

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Easley’s new police chief will be sworn in during the April 12 Easley City Council meeting.

Easley officials announced the hiring of Stan Whitten as the new chief of the Easley Police Department in a news release last week.

A native of Easley, Whitten has more than 20 years of experience within public service, the release said.

Whitten served as a military police officer and investigator with the United States Army from 1987-1991, the release said. During that time, his duties included working as a member of the Dignitary Protection Team. He was also assigned to

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New face for city council

A special Pickens City Council meeting held Monday evening recognized outgoing city councilwoman and mayor pro tem Donna Owen and newly elected Councilman Robert Nealy, who won Owen’s seat by pick up more than 71 percent of votes in a three-way special election March 23. Replacing Owen as mayor pro tem will be Councilman Jimmy Davis, who was nominated Monday evening and elected unanimously by council. Above: Mayor Fletcher Perry, center, recognizes Owen for her service on council alongside Nealy, who will fill her seat. Inset: Davis is recognized by Perry as the newly elected mayor pro tem.

Central officials considering cluster zoning to save town’s greenspace

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

CENTRAL — The town of Central has heard no news regarding plans to build 100 homes on 48 acres on Lawton Road, and town administrator Phillip Mishoe said he thinks he knows why.

“My thinking is that the developer wants to see how the cluster zones are going to play out, and he may be looking at the cluster zones because it saves a lot of greenspace — untouched greenspace — and that may be a better option than the standard R-12,

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SDPC updates COVID-19 numbers

COUNTY — In the final days before this week’s spring break, School District of Pickens County officials said Friday that 31 students and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

The number of students who tested positive for the virus was up from 25 the previous week, while the number of staff members was down two from the week before.

The number of students quarantined was up to 216 last week from 157 the week before, while the

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Central ‘may need to slow down the bleeding’ on water funds

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

CENTRAL — Central administrator Phillip Mishoe recently told town officials the water fund budget has been in the red for five of the seven months of the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

“We’ve still got five more months to go,” he told council last week. “It’s going to have peaks and valleys, we know that, and know when we hit May and June are going to be red months because the college kids are gone. We expect that, but

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Inspiration at sunrise

Dillard Funeral Home and Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens held their annual Easter sunrise service on Sunday. The event brought many out to hear a moving and inspirational message given by the Rev. Ken Lawson. In his message, Lawson asked those in attendance “Who will roll your stone back?”, referring to the scripture where the tombstone was rolled back to find that Jesus Christ had risen, leaving the tomb empty on the very first Easter. This was the first event held at Dillard since the beginning of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured here, Lawson delivers his message as the morning sun appears over the wall at Hillcrest on Easter Sunday.

Liberty unveils marketing plan

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — “Over the next three years, it will be a critical time to build on the momentum that this marketing plan creates, to start to move these big boulders forward,” Designlab’s Jessica Masse told Liberty officials at a meeting last week.

Masse unveiled the city’s three-year marketing plan March 30 at the Rosewood Center.

“What is unique and special about Liberty?” Masse said. “We’ve figured that out, we think.”

With the region experiencing strong economic growth and job creation, Liberty offers “a safe, high quality of life and living standard while

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Clemson Farmers Market receives AgSouth grant

CLEMSON — The Clemson Farmers Market in Clemson has been selected to receive an AgSouth Farm Credit farmers market support grant in the amount of $500.

The Clemson Farmers Market was one of 50 markets throughout AgSouth’s territory in Georgia and South Carolina to receive a portion of $25,000 in total grant funds. The grant will be used for advertising and promotion of the venue.

“We are very thankful to have been selected to receive AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store Farmers Market grant,” farmers market coordinator Noreene Billado said. “We think it will go a You must be logged in to view this content.

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Six Mile Farmers Market to open season April 22

SIX MILE — Officials announced recently that the Six Mile Farmers Market will kick off its season this month.

The first day of the market season will be Thursday, April 22, from 4-7 p.m.

The market is located at 102 S. Main St., in the old fire station downtown.